RS Components has released the DM284 digital multimeter and thermal imager, which is aimed at maintenance engineers, panel builders and electricians.
The new device is suitabe for use in the field and for those working on commercial electric and light industrial applications or on HVAC systems.
The all-in-one DM284 combines a high-accuracy digital multimeter with true-RMS measurement capability together with a built-in 160 x 120 FLIR thermal imaging camera.
Use of the handheld device can therefore speed up troubleshooting by pinpointing hotspots and visually guiding the user to the precise location of an electrical problem.
It integrates Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology, which brings thermal-imaging camera technology to test and measurement instruments that see daily use in situations and applications in maintenance and HVAC systems on sites and in buildings, where there is a need to measure variable quantities such as temperature together with voltage and current. This is claimed to ensure that the DM284 can save time, as well as increase operator safety by allowing users to identify possible issues in advance and from a safe distance, even if the problem is behind a wall, underfloor, or in a ceiling.
Offering a big-digit screen, the DM284 is said to have an intuitive user interface along with various thermal colour palettes including: iron; rainbow; greyscale; greyscale with red hot spot; and greyscale with blue cold spot. In addition, the unit’s built-in work lights and laser pointer help users to access areas where there are low levels of light, while pinpointing the location of the problem with the device’s thermal imaging capability.
The device offers a 18 measurement functions, including true-RMS, VFD mode for motors and drive controllers, low impedance (LoZ) measurements and non-contact voltage (NCV) detection.
It also comes with high-quality test probes and a Type K thermocouple input. Highly versatile and rugged, the hand-held unit has been drop-tested and is IP rated for splash and water resistance. It can also be used with the flexible clamp option.